Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXVIII: Unprofitable Interview >> Page 317

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription UNPROFITABLE INTERVIEW. 317
hensions of the hearer, though she strove nobly, and well suc-
ceeded, in mastering her emotions.
"Speak�speak--I pray you, sir," she cried, almost breath-
less.
"Do you know, then, Miss Berkeley, with what object I am
required to convey Mr. Mellichampe to the city ?"
No, sir�object what object none in particular. He
is your prisoner you convey him to prison," was the hurried
reply.
"I do � I carry him to prison, indeed but I also carry
him to trial."
To trial !"
To trial as a spy.""A spy !� and what then ?""He will be convicted.""Impossible! he is no spy who will dare to utter such a
falsehood '1""I will dare to utter such a truth. I will accuse � I have
accused him. I will prove my accusation; and you, Miss
Berkeley, can assist me in establishing the proof. I could rest
the entire proof upon your testimony.""Never�never ! God help me, what audacity is this ! I
scorn your assertion � I despise �I fear nothing of your
threats. I know better, and am not to be terrified by a tale
so idle as this.""It is no idle tale, Miss Berkeley, and you are terrified, as
you must feel conscious of its truth. You know it to be true.""I know it to be false !-- false as Heaven forgive me, but
this insolence also makes me mad. But I have done now, and
you too, sir, have done, I trust. I am not to be frightened by
such stories as these; for, know, sir, that when this strange
tale was irttered by you before, I had the assurance of Colonel
Tarleton�your superior, sir�that there was nothing in it,
and that I must not suffer myself to be alarmed. Colonel
Tarleton's words, sir, I remembered�he would not give them
idly, and I believe in him. He will be there to see justice
done to Mellichampe, and with his pledge, sir, I defy your
malice. I, too, will go to the city though I tread every step